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Apr 19, 2024

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Long Branch Resident Joins PBA
To Up Reward $5,000 For
Capture Of Police Officer Assailant

NEW JERSEY – In order to bring attention and awareness to the September 21, 2016 attack on Long Branch police officer Michael Monahan, Long Branch resident Vin Gopal is committed to giving $5,000 on top of the PBA’s $25,000 reward through the NJ COP SHOT program and Monmouth County Crime Stoppers bringing the total reward to $30,000.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to reach out to Detective Joe Spitale of the Long Branch Police Department at 732-222-1000. The rewards will be given for information which leads to the identification, arrest and conviction of any suspect(s) in the assault of a police officer.

“We appreciate a Long Branch resident stepping up in order to bring attention back to this issue. It has been nearly two months since the incident and it is important we capture the individual who assaulted Officer Monahan,” stated New Jersey State PBA President Pat Colligan.

The NJ State PBA is asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers of Monmouth County at 1-800-671-400 or to text “TIPPCOP” plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES). NJ Cop Shot is a program run by the New Jersey State PBA.

There are two (2) ways to report a crime while remaining completely anonymous (confidential).

  1. Call the tip line 1-800-671-4400
  2. Text “TIPCOP” plus your tip to: 274637 (CRIMES)